Sauget, Ill. – The Transylvania baseball team began its trek to the Gateway with a convincing win, defeating the Benedictine University Eagles 6-0 on Saturday night at GCS Ballpark.
Competing in the first of three games held at the home of the Webster University baseball team just east of St. Louis, Missouri, the Pioneers faced the Eagles on Saturday night. Multiple Pios enjoyed terrific performances as Transylvania raised its record to 3-2 on the season while extending its winning streak to three games.
It was a night to remember for freshman pitcher Evan Hall, who recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings of work. Hall began his night with a foreboding dose of excellence, registering three of his 10 strikeouts in the first inning.
Hall kept up his impressive performance by striking out all three batters faced swinging in the second inning. The freshman reprised another efficient inning in the third by inducing the first two batters faced into groundouts, followed by his seventh strikeout in three innings.
The Pioneers' offense matched their excellent pitching-led defense in the bottom of the third inning as they scored two runs on an outfielder error to grab a 2-0 lead. After Hall retired the side in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Pioneers loaded the bases in the fourth inning but stranded all three runners.
Transylvania rapidly acquitted itself by posting its signature offensive inning of the game in the following inning as senior infielder Taylor Henley drove in sophomore catcher Cole Ratliff for a 3-0 Transy advantage. Sophomore outfielder Austin Butts scored on a wild pitch for the second run of the inning, and freshman infielder Hudson Chastain delivered a two-run single into left field to put the Pioneers ahead 6-0.
Hall produced one more expedient inning with two groundouts induced and a strikeout before graduating from the game with his second win of the season, tallying 10 strikeouts against just two walks and one hit. Freshman pitcher Drew Demler worked the final three innings to register the combined shutout with Hall, Transylvania's first of the season.
Chastain led the Pioneers offensively with a 2-for-3 day at the plate and a walk in addition to his two RBI. Butts went 2-for-4 with a two doubles.
The Pioneers are back in action tomorrow at GCS Ballpark to take on the Webster University Gorloks at 11 a.m. eastern time and the North Park University Vikings at 4:00 p.m. eastern. \
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